Erik Read claims Dave Murray Award as top Canadian K1 boy
If the 12 th annual Sierra Wireless Whistler Cup is any indication, then Norway will be known for more than its glaciers and fjords in about 10 years.
For the second year in a row the Norwegian team won the Nations Cup, which is handed out each year to the top team of K1s and K2s (ages 11-12 and 13-14) in the Whistler Cup races. More than 300 racers took part this year, including juvenile skiers from Austria, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and Slovakia.
In 10 races Norway claimed 11 medals, compared to seven for Austria and six for the U.S. The winner of the provincial cup was Ontario, which posted the strongest overall results.
Trophies were also presented to the top Canadians. At the K1 level the Dave Murray Award was presented, fittingly, to Calgarys Erik Read. Eriks father Ken Read is the president of Alpine Canada Alpin, and used to race with Dave Murray as one of the legendary Crazy Canucks.
"Dave was an inspiration to us on the team, and for the work he did with the Whistler community, the Whistler World Cups and Masters racing after he retired from the national team," said Ken Read. "Dave continues to be an inspiration through his legacy and this award. Its great to see a new generation of Crazy Canucks step up and share in that legacy.
Although the top-ranked K2 was Ontarios Brendan Long, the Dave Murray K2 award went to Brandon Mudryk of Alberta, who led Canadian results in two races, and missed the first event because of illness.
The Nancy Greene Awards, presented to the top Canadian women, went to K1 Shannon Campbell of Ontario and K2 Georgia Simmerling of Grouse Mountain.
The racers enjoyed three days of sunshine on the slopes. Although the snow did get soft and ruts were a factor for skiers with late start numbers, volunteers did their best to salt and smooth out the courses for the racers.
The first race was a K2 super G on the Raven-Ptarmigan run on Whistler Mountain on Friday, April 2. For reasons of space only Whistler athletes in the top-50 will be mentioned, although complete results are available at www.whistlercup.com.
Anna Fenninger of Austria showed why her country dominates in World Cup speed events with a gold medal performance of one minute 13.57 seconds. Nina Loseth of Norway was hot on her heels with a time of 1:13.67. Austria also claimed the bronze, with Stefanie Gantnerova coming in at 1:13.93. All three racers are veterans of the Whistler Cup, and both Fenninger and Loseth were on the podium last year.